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Encyclopedia > Fraser alphabet

The Fraser alphabet is an artificial script invented around 1915 by the missionary James O. Fraser to write the Lisu language. It is a single-case alphabet.

The alphabet uses uppercase letters from the Latin alphabet, and some turned or flipped versions thereof, to write consonants and vowels. Tones and nasalization are written with characters based on punctuation marks.

The Chinese government recognized the alphabet in 1992 as the official script for writing in Lisu.

External links

  • Omniglot entry on Fraser alphabet (http://www.omniglot.com/writing/fraser.htm)

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James O. Fraser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1104 words)
Fraser is best known for the alphabet he created for the Lisu, designed for purpose of translating the New Testament into the Lisu language.
Fraser went back to England on furlough in 1924 and when he returned to Lisuland in 1929, he was married, to Roxie Dymond, the daughter of a Methodist missionary stationed in Kunming.
Fraser also left church government in the hands of Lisu elders, very litle imprint was made on them that had a home church character, other than the tremendous prayer support the Fraser organised back in England for the Lisu and his work.
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